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Review Iron Man 2 (2010): A bit underwhelming!

 genre: action, adventure, superhero, science fiction, comic book adaptation

From a sequel to the excellent original you expect more and better. While this film isn't bad it did not wow me like the first one did. 

Robert Downy Jr is excellent and does save Iron Man 2 from getting extremely dull. I can understand the director's approach to make this superhero film into something more. But in doing so he sacrificed the one thing that matters the most in movies like this. Action. There simply is not enough action. And the action that was depicted wasn't nearly as exciting as it was in the original. For a film about Iron Man there just wasn't enough Iron Man to be enjoyed. And let's face it. That is the one reason people are coming to see this. To me the plot in an action film is always secondary.  Always nice to have a good story if provided but not necessary. Since in this case the focus was on the story I do have to say something about it. Well, that is going to be difficult. There is no coherent plot to speak of. And as a result it is far less compelling than it could have been. The villain (Mickey Rourke) isn't bad ass enough to actually be taken as a serious threat. The introduction of Black Widow showed promise, but ultimately was more used as window dressing. Although obviously she is introduced to tie Iron Man to The Avengers. Finally we got to see War Machine in action. Still far too brief for my liking. This time the role of Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes is performed by Don Cheadle. Apparently Terence Howard didn't reprise his role because of money issues. I don't know who to believe in all of this since when it comes to Hollywood a lot of shady business is going on. Even when Howard's role wasn't that large I do like him better as an actor than Don Cheadle. So I personally would have like to see him as War Machine. 

All in all Iron Man 2 is decent but nowhere near the level of the far superior original. 

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